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kurdish civilians fall victim to the war in syria as al qaeda linked groups are pushed to expand their control to set up an islamic state also. anguish and set of aids a major medical gaffes of britain's state funded hospitals of the hundreds of patients suffering we examine the problems of plaguing the n.h.s. and meet some of the victims and. we're talking directly now to look at them as humans talk of the. we talked to a former guantanamo god about his disturbing day ad job at the notorious jail which led him to quit and from birds to islam.
everyone will come out from moscow from our side to russia today you're here with me to almost say let's take a look at the bullet and. civilians fatalities are mounting in a war torn syria with still no sign of an international peace conference any time soon russian foreign minister sergei lavrov has warned against further delay in letting the number of victims rise over two years of fighting have split the country raising concerns over the ability to pieces syria back together it is now divided into three distinct parts let's take a look at the general outline here now the syrian government is keeping its grip of a large area in the south of the country huge section of the population here belongs to present ourselves alawite muslim sect while the rebels most of them representing the sunni majority are in control of a large chunk of the northern provinces are stretching to the iraqi border now
there are many al qaeda affiliated groups in the ranks of the opposition tucked in the eastern quantum here's the syrian kurdish minority enjoying a large degree of independence but then claims in other areas have become a target of heavy attacks from al qaeda linked fighters according to recent disturbing reports four hundred fifty kurdish civilians were massacred and a week ago the harvest captured two hundred civilians from two kurdish villages in aleppo syria's kurds are raising the alarm over ethnic cleansing by groups connected to al qaeda it comes amid reports that the militants are about to announce an independent islamic state in northern syria now it is a correspondent in the region a really is a following developments for us. four hundred fifty people had three hundred and twenty of them children and were killed in cold blood by al qaeda affiliated militants these are reports that we're getting from north eastern syria from the kurdish villages and towns in the region this is an incident to which the russian
foreign minister sergei lavrov has alluded he said that of course this is also. a political solution to the crisis in syria is absolutely needed as soon as possible the pressure on the kurds is increasing from the likes of the news or front we know that at least two hundred people have been taken hostage again from various villages and towns and we have spoken to one of the men whose relatives are in one of the villages and were among those who have suffered at hands off the. groups. and other room surrounded by these started going from door to door into. the country women and children hostage the rebels came into the house of my cousin she was and. took the women and children and. the kurds are very very protective of the land that they have been living in for literally hundreds of here
as this was a territory and kurds are spread out over this particular area of the region where senior turkey and iraq sort of meet come together and they were actually very successful in pushing the extremist groups out of syria over the past couple of months as a matter of fact and once the extremists realized that they are being essentially pushed out of this region where coincidentally they envisioned creating their own state the al qaeda state they have multiplied their efforts essentially trying to reclaim this land which never really belongs to them and to sort of punish the kurds and that seems to be the way that they're going. about the. two to enter to this region because they are arresting people and kidnapping people and they are using so many excuses against security outskirts they are i case that according to them and they are not even at three our most dems and we. they are preventing us to stay out of this is this when i'm talking to
position members i'm talking to the syrian coalition's number they told me about kurds are trying to independently it was a good idea that's why i'll try this that's me ferrand and he are using this. so it does look at this point like the situation northeastern syria with kurds and the likes of the un is your front seems to be spiraling out of control and of course we'll be keeping a very close eye on it as it develops. the free syrian army insists it's only targeting specific kurdish political parties but the ethnic group there's a wide scale war against them but there's likely to be international silence to the allegations of kurdish genocide according to german journalist manual arts and writer whose closely followed the syrian conflict. i don't expect any international reaction except. protests right now i don't think so because they are international
press especially the international the geopolitical interests of turkey was a very important nato member we shouldn't forget that nato troops also german troops are now at the trigger syrian border with patriot rocket systems heading against syria so we have turkey on the site and it's not turkey place this important role in this conflict i don't think that there will be any serious international reaction a former member stated that the leader of the north. or working close with the cia and we have other information from the kurdish popular defense units who claim that front is also organized and supported by the turkish intelligence and i think this is not a coincidence when we know how the kurds are treated in turkey itself will be closely following the escalating tensions between different groups in syria and of
the situation for civilians the on air and online. it seems that too many patients being treated by britain stage medical system mind during more pain than gain that happen hundreds of serious blunders at national health service hospitals and he said yes causing people severe disabilities or even killing them at n.h.s. hospitals today is known as black wednesday a time when death rates traditionally go up with new arrivals less experienced stuff artie's point of boycott has examined the problem. it was meant to be a routine operation to remove her varicose veins but after a surgical blunder lorraine previn suffered from complications that were left on treated she ended up having her leg amputated. you know. what to do next basically a lot just seemed to fall between the. thing that was going on this is the hospital
where lorraine's routine operation went wrong and why she had to have her leg amputated as a result three years later and she's finally got an apology from grantham hospital but she's still fighting for compensation with the n.h.s. over the catalogue of errors that took place with her cat trying to get on says after the surgery merely added insult to injury a course of complaint in three ospital and claimed the said the. medical files it was just. play on are still going to wall the questions are always ask and lorraine isn't the only patient to receive substandard care from the national health service over recent years has drawn a bow it was left with excruciating pain after a bladder operation only to discover three months later that doctors had left seven inch forceps inside her the n.h.s. calls such incidents never events blunders deemed so serious that they should never
happen to freedom of information requests have revealed that over the past four years there's been seven hundred and sixty two such mistakes we measure patient satisfaction every every year i suspect at the moment it probably is pretty low i came into the n.h.s. in one nine hundred seventy seven and i was told i only had five years to last because it was on its knees every year that i spent in it it was the worst it ever been i think it's in a crisis i think it has to change its culture recent scandals have exposed higher than average death rates in failing high. spittles not just myself but my colleagues also higher management you know we're just more stressed now and we have a lot of pressures to complete things on time and you know we're not being able to deliver the care that we want to twelve patients so it's probably quite a best effect from them there so while n.h.s. staff talk about being overstretched hospital managers are blaming the problems on squeezed budgets a senior n.h.s. official recently said that they're about to run out of cash in
a very serious fashion all the countries in europe by and large spend a lot more money on health care than we do reason report a reason the. us is one of the lowest in terms of patients we're paying too much for too little care the rain is adjusting to life as an amputee she now has to rely on her husband to care for her it was a rented shock during i think something larissa locked and she is so appealing to the people but when it actually happens to you personally you feel down you feel lying we open it and it was just a mixture of all those rolled into world and it was just a devastation thing she now says that she can only hope that no more patients have to go through what she did. r.t. london. good will and no hidden agendas and these are iran's terms when negotiating with of the west over its nuclear program new iranian president hassan rouhani
prepare his direct talks with washington at his first news conference since being sworn into office the details now from our team to france. iran's new president hassan rouhani has called for dialogue with the west but warned the language of sanctions will not work he won june's vote by promising to put an end to the country's international isolation over its nuclear energy program rouhani made his stance clear in his inaugural address. i see this commentary if you seek a suitable answer speech or room for the lungs of respect not through the language of sanctions so iran's president has extended an olive branch and what have we seen from western countries so far new sanctions had to be imposed just a few days before the president was sworn in the u.s. house of representatives overwhelmingly passed new restrictions on iran's oil sector and its mining and construction industries even though invited some western
leaders didn't even attend the president's inauguration some say it was an opportunity missed to break the ice there is a new president but does that signal a new approach every action is sure to be analyzed and gesture evaluated the possibility of direct talks between the united states and iran hasn't happened to know if three decades in september a new round of negotiations is expected between iran and the international community we don't know hillary mann leverett who has extensive experience in negotiating with iran she was a u.s. diplomat involved in talking to the country during george w. bush's administration and things washington want make the concessions that to run once. it's hard to see how they're they can meet in the middle the two key issues for the islamic republic of iran that i think are ensconced in international law or that the united states recognizes both its sovereign right and its treaty right to enrich uranium that's something that the united states has shown no evidence it is willing or able to do with the obama administration and congress the other piece
that critically important for the islamic republic is for the united states to ease and lift at least some of it sanctions that it has imposed on the islamic republic and forced or tried to coerce countries from around the world to impose on the islamic republic of iran that too will be very very difficult for president obama to leverage because many most nearly i think sixty sixty five percent of the sanctions imposed on iran are now are now legislated are now in u.s. law president obama simply does not have the power to lift those sanctions without the acquiescence of congress there are three main areas that are problematic in washington the pro israel constituency is the neo conservative elements on the right and what i would call the liberal imperialists they don't care so much about the nuclear program but they are jet set against the political structure of the islamic republic and so many of the same shouldn't have been pulled from washington are not just about the nuclear program that they're about iran's domestic politics
that's going to be a very difficult not to crack. more news ahead to as we report on the positive signals from iran's new president on the pressure nuclear talks with the west that and much more often the suffering. it's technology innovations all the developments around russia we've got the future covered. you know how sometimes you see a story and it seems so please you think you understand it and then he glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm sorry welcome to the big picture.
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not to interact with them not to look at them as humans not to talk with them not to speak with them have nothing to do with them unless it was absolutely necessary important to work we were told to be very aggressive in searching growing. i don't think any of us as guards felt comfortable doing that as a result of such we didn't do that there were certain rules that we were given that many of us just didn't all of we didn't see on those as being a political logical or ethical in some circumstances and those were all such we didn't implement them and over a hundred sixty six remaining we've had to live in europe of the find any shred of evidence to charge try and convict them and we've not been able to do that nor we've been able to falsify the evidence i would think of america being the great nation that it is having the wonderful legal system that it does can't extend the courtesy of sending people home after ten years eleven years twelve years of
captivity. maybe we need to have a good look in the mirror and take a look at ourselves. james he is a former u.s. army chaplain who worked at guantanamo bay he was arrested and charged with aiding the enemy that had this and other charges dropped at a court martial but he claimed that the real reason he was imprisoned. prisoner beings at the facility. basically after objecting to the horrible conditions the enormous amount of abuse that was going on there i was real roaded and accused of being a terrorist myself and that landed me in prison by the u.s. military i was very much aware of the qur'an being desecrated there were reports stories from prisoners how they were maybe subjected to being put in you know what you might call this a turning circle where interrogators attempted to force them to you know make prostration like in the form of the muslim prayer in the center of that's
a turning circle and then of course there was such a humiliation being carried out on the part of female interrogators down in guantanamo another civilian scandal has struck the united states this time it's america's anti drug sales you see that's investigated for spying and then lying about it as we report online. and big brother catches one. red handed the full video is on a billion hit do you tube channel. it's exactly six months to sochi twenty fourteen and then pick that exists call send corruption would make the next winter games on the table so martin and dreams headed to the southern russian resort to check out how the money is being spent.
but i think it's best to leave it to the professionals when they arrive next year in sochi for the winter olympics twenty fourteen the countdown is getting lower the olympic park with its brand new arenas is almost ready and in february next year many of the world's top athletes will compete against each other right here at the skating palace. it's the first time since nine hundred eighty that russia has hosted such an event and with an estimated three billion viewers russia will be in the spotlight once again when all the construction is finished such will boast some of the best and technologically advanced sporting facilities in the world although with many cynics tells of corruption local opposition and concerns with overspending is such an already well the proof as they say is putting. the finishing touches are being added now and the amount of work that has been done in the city is huge the whole area is being improved and made more comfortable.
with new pedestrian the underground passage being constructed the city has got a completely new now with its newly built and very beautiful and there cannot be any doubt that everything will be on time. slowly and surely each piece of the jigsaw is coming together another example is this next stadium. the ball sure i stone sits twelve thousand people as you can see well it's an impressive stadium it's unusual ready various competitions i mean states here over the past few months and you're in the olympics ice hockey and after that it can be transformed to more accommodate a plethora of other sporting activities ranging from basketball to boxing. the mountain cluster of course that pollyanna and the rosa khutor resorts will host the buying fun and ski center and there will be a freestyle skiing and snowboarding park. the two parks are to be connected by a forty eight kilometer highway as well as a high speed train that will run every five minutes and transport tens of thousands
a day once they reach the mountains base by train passengers will take one of several new cable cars up to the ski resorts and olympic competition venues. the winter olympics is only the beginning for the whole area after the main events early next year such she will set about hosting twenty two international sports events ranging from the grand prix of figure skating to the formula one next november. the olympic sign here i've been newly built port represents what the entire occasion is for us to gether and brings out the best in people and sporting events and politics aside as the whole world focuses its attention on sochi and the surrounding area the final preparations we put into place in what promises to be for the greatest sporting events held ever and after my trip here i can confidently say that the winter olympics twenty fourteen will be one to remember martha
danbury's r.t. . martin is with me now to talk about another issue that's come up ahead of the sochi games president obama has slammed to russia saying he has no patience for countries that intimidate gave lesbians and transgenders that's after russian officials confirmed the country's new law banning the promotion of nontraditional relationships to minors will be inforced at the winter olympics let's talk a little bit about that martin could this go on disruptors soldiers twenty four tino winter olympics i mean does it have that much weight first of all i think you mentioned barack obama's message i find it very interesting that he actually waited for his second term to address gay marriage and of course america in the fact that you've got someone says the coasts of new york you can't compare middle america to division of opinions in comparison to the to the coasts and that's what they have indeed here in russia you can't compare moscow to sochi but in answer to your
question how can the effect disrupt the winter olympics will basically there is nothing short of mass hysteria at the moment regarding the boycotting of the games which i probably don't think will happen regarding countries not turning up if you go back in history to the games that took place in moscow in one nine hundred eighty there were disruptions with that because of the soviet union with afghanistan and all the way back to nine hundred seventy six there were issues with the olympic games in montreal where i believe around twenty five countries from africa didn't actually participate. i don't think it will go that further in such a next year but with a certain boycotting of. the happening throughout the entire globe it's causing lots and lots of trouble i mean the whole thing about olympic games and we soon unite and bring your body together i mean how is this law expected to affect the. community in russia because i think people will be asking that question. as the arts and culture correspondent of this channel i've lived here as an expert for
four eight years i've party in every single club from you know from the straight clubs from the grungy underground clubs to the moscow elite to gay clubs and i can only say that moscow is the most misunderstood city in the world no tourist will be arrested for walking outside and you know being you know it's not going to happen and i think people in the west should realize that just because something is written down in the law doesn't mean that it filtered down to real life for example there is the smoking ban that was brought into russia recently in june people are still smoking by the metro exit it's not that i'm not that i'm agreeing with the ruling on the new law i think it's a bad thing i think it's not a good thing for the community that said it's all very well and good for the west to actually preach their views on this but it's actually no different than the rule that margaret thatcher brought in called section twenty eight in one nine hundred eighty eight that was basically to protect minors and protect children regarding
the promotion of homosexual culture and that certainly is not what it looks like in the u.k. right now of course i mean even though that law was in place for a long time the natural nurture of society from the culture of sorrow to the everyday life actually it didn't really do that much harm so let's hope that even though the rules are bad in the good thing that the future will be bright for the. future will be bright for the team you hope for the community in russia and of course we're looking forward to the thought she went to olympics bringing everybody together from all kind of the edmonton enders here in the studio with me.
all right so she twenty four tina some more international news this hour for you the u.n. is warning before enough syria's can exist if the country continues its violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrations and says newly ponse legal amendments infringe on fundamental human rights attorney legislators have made a series of major changes to national anti terror laws ahead of a mass protest planned this month gatherings instead in the capital are banned and courts could strip convicted protesters of this citizenship. and say government anger into nature has brought tens of thousands on to the streets calling for the resignation of the slum it's led government the country's constituent assembly has ground to a halt until the government and the opposition open negotiations this recent spate of andress respond by yet another assassination of the prominent opposition politician two weeks ago. up next we take you to this
awful city as it continues to rebuild exactly five guests on tape came under attack by the georgian army you've been watching our jake seizing. the media leave also we need to be. part of the scene bush and security for your party there's a bill. for shoes that no one is staying with to get that you deserve answers from it's all politics. are today. choose your language calling for a week over the influential going to yourself some of the. choose good news get
new my name is natalia. yet i'm russian my husband loves us there is a said to him. we came here to south is that you have a russia with me it's been four years since we moved here i don't regret it. police. force new way the city of synthol was devastated by the two thousand eight. hundred was the debris everywhere you looked there were burnt trees and. it was a horrible sight. i'm already thing.